Suresh Raina, the former India batter, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, on Tuesday. The 35-year-old batter last played in a T20 contest in October 2021, when Chennai Super Kings faced Rajasthan Royals. He hadn’t featured in a List A or a First-Class match since 2018.
Raina, who had retired from international cricket in 2020, wrote on Twitter, “It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & State UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket. I would like to thank BCCI, UPCA (Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association), Chennai Super Kings, Rajiv Shukla sir and all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities.”
A product of the India Under-19 set-up and a part of the 2004 World Cup, Raina made his first-class debut in 2002-03 for Uttar Pradesh. He went on to play 109 first-class matches, scoring 6871 runs and picking 41 wickets. The southpaw gained more success in limited overs cricket. After making his List A debut – a format he played 302 games in, scoring 8078 runs and taking 64 wickets – in 2005 against Madhya Pradesh, he was fast-tracked into the national side.
However, it was in T20 cricket that he made the strongest impression, playing 336 matches, scoring 8654 runs and picking 54 wickets.